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Getting to Know the Essential Oil Family

By Maisha Liwaru


            The Essential Oil Family members are helpful, useful and great to have around but they are very temperamental.  If they are not comfortable, they will not stay. But if they have the right surroundings they will be with you for years. Essential Oils need to be stored in the dark and unexposed to air, light, heat or metal.  Otherwise they will lose their personality and their scent.  When an essential oil turns darker than its original, it has lost the will to live. Euthanasia is in order.

            We have talked about the properties of some essential oils in previous discussions.  You now have a general idea what they can do for you and yours. It is time to learn more about the characteristics of some of the prominent members of the Essential Oil Family. They are Bergamot, Cinnamon Bark, Cinnamon Leaf, Cypress, Frankincense, Lavender Flower, and Patchouli.

            Bergamot is a fruity.  It is derived from the peel of nearly ripe fruit. It is the life of the party because of its fresh sweet nature. 

            Cinnamon Bark is sweet, warm and cozy. It smells best in the company of sandalwood or frankincense. The flavor and aroma are well known throughout the world.

            Cinnamon Leaf can masquerade as clove. It is hot and spicy and a little bit bitter. As a spice it is used at a ratio of .005%, mainly in spiced fruit.

            Cypress is an odor bouncer.  It is strong enough to kill foot or pet odor but you would not suspect its power.  Cypress makes a good impression because of its piney, refreshing, spicy aroma.  It is very sociable and blends well with lavender, citrus and musk scents.

            What a sap. Not in a bad way.  Frankincense oozes from cuts in the bark of trees that grow in India, Southern Arabia and Northeastern Africa. The scent is hard to describe because of its uniqueness.  It is kind of spicy, lemony, with a touch of pepper scent.  It is a perfect companion of orange and bergamot because it counters their sweetness.

            The romance of lavender is intoxicating.  It is floral, sweet, and very sociable.  It blends well with a variety of fragrances including citrus, clove, patchouli, rosemary, and pine.  When most people think of lavender they think of relaxation, baths, toilet water, perfumes, colognes, massage oils, sachets, skin lotions and oils. But did you know that it is also used in chewing gum, candy and beverages.

            Some people love it and some people hate it but just about everyone knows what it smells like.  It is long lasting exotic patchouli. Patchouli is heady; dark and rich in color. The fragrance is strong, earthy, sweet, woody and spicy and improves with age.  It is reminiscent of incense and candlelight.

            Next time, I will introduce you to several more members of the Essential Oil Family and give an indebt discussion about vanilla oil.

            A reminder, do not use essential oils directly on the body.  Always use carrier oil and of course, one of the best is emu oil.

Maisha Liwaru is the owner and CEO of  Perfume Oils by Maisha



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